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Mr. Whitaker enlisted and entered active duty with the U.S. Navy in 1995 and was commissioned in the Navy JAG Corps in May 2004.  He continues to serve in the Navy JAG Corps Reserves where his duties have included defending service members at Administrative Separation Boards (ADSEP Boards) and serving as an instructor at the Naval Justice School teaching newly commissioned JAGs how to properly litigate ADSEP Boards and other military legal issues.    

Unlike most attorneys, Mr. Whitaker limits his military practice exclusively to ADSEP Boards, Boards Of Inquiry (BOI), Board of Correction for Naval Records (BCNR) and Board of Correction for Military Records (BCMR), including discharge upgrades. Throughout his 17 years of military experience, Mr. Whitaker has seen first hand how many outstanding men and women are wrongfully pursued through administrative channels in the military. Unfortunately, this is often because someone in his or her chain-of-command simply has an axe to grind or a point to prove. That is why many servicemembers need the dedicated, experienced and aggressive representation of a civilian attorney like Mr. Whitaker. Mr. Whitaker has obtained incredibly successful results including findings of no misconduct and recommnedations for retention even where the service member has been charged with serious misconduct such as theft of classified information, involuntary manslaughter, drug use, assault and many others.  Please call Mr. Whitaker for more information regarding his experience or to schedule a free consultation.



Practice areas


  1. Employment: 75%
  2. Military Law: 25%



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  • Patrick Kane Korody

    Mr. Whitaker is an experienced military law lawyer. His clients benefit from his military background coupled with his superior representation. I highly recommend him for anyone who faces a military law issue.


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  • Philip S. Reutlinger

    Bob is a great attorney with outstanding control of the law, and a keen eye for detail. I would not hesitate to refer a client to Bob for assistance.


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Contact info

Hancock Estabrook, LLP

1500 AXA Tower I
100 Madison St.
Syracuse, NY, 13202


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Syracuse Vet Venter Pro Bono Service AwardSyracuse Veteran's Center2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Robert J. Connelly Award for Excellence in Trial AdvocacyWestern New York Trial Lawyers Association2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHancock Estabrook, LLP2014 - Present
AttorneyU.S. Navy Jag Corps Reserves2011 - Present
AssociateHancock Estabrook, LLP2009 - 2013
Prosecutor & Defense AttorneyU.S. Navy Jag Corps2005 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Clear Path for VeteransVeteran Adivsory Board Member2011 - Present
Cornell University Cooperative Extension Onondaga CountyN/A2010 - Present
NDNY Federal Court Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Onondaga County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board Case No. 569724Administrative Law Judge's decision reversed in favor of my client resulting in denial of benefits to former employee.
New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board Case No. 568220Administrative Law Judge's decision reversed in favor of my client resulting in denial of benefits to former employee.
Matter of Megan Jock v. Fastrac Markets, LLC, Case No. 10147787 (New York State Division of Human Rights)All claims dismissed in favor of client.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
State University of New York, College at OswegoHistoryBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
11th Annual Labor Law SymposiumThe War on Independent Contractors: How to Avoid the Crossfire2015
Second Annual Advisors to Small Business SymposiumEmployee Misclassification: Independent Contractors vs. Employees2014
Labor & Employment Breakfast ClubNew Employment Laws & Compliance Dates: What You Need to Know for 20142014
Labor & Employment Breakfast ClubFamily & Medical Leave Act: An Overview of teh 2013 FMLA Regulations2013
GKG University SeminarFamily & Medical Leave Act Update2013
Gilroy Kernan & GilroyExempt v. Non-Exempt Employees2013
ABC News Channel 9 Syracuse - Veteran's VoiceVeteran's Rights Under Federal Law2013
9th Annual Labor & Employment Law SymposiumEmployment Discrimination Case Law Update2013
2013 Speaker SeriesThe Family and Medical Leave Act2013
Labor & Employment Breakfast ClubHow to Conduct a Proper Internal Investigation in the Workplace2012
ABC CNY Membership BreakfastWhat's Fair About the Fair Play Act?2012
Unemployment Insurance 101: Assessing and Responding to Claims for U.I. BenefitsUnemployment Insurance Benefits2011
Higher Education ConferenceSocial Media on Campus2011
Fair Labor Standards ActFair Labor Standards Act2011
Labor & Employment Law UpdateCOBRA updates under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act2009